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2016-02-04 14:16

NEW IN SA: Ducati launched its Panigale 959, one of nine bikes to be launched by the Italian maker in 2016. Image: Wheels24/ Dries van der Walt

Dries van der Walt

Cape Town -  Ducati has launched its new 959 Panigale and Multistrada Pikes Peak in South Africa.

The new bikes are first new models for Ducatis in 2016. The launch was held at the bike maker's Randburg dealership on February 3.

Having increased its sales by 22% in 2015 and having a bike (the Ducati Scrambler) in the global top ten best-sellers list, the iconic Italian brand plans to ride the success wave.

The local market will receive nine new models in 2016.

@Ducatis galore at the launch of the #2016 range.

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10 things you should know about the Ducati 959 Panigale:

1. The new 955 cm³ V-twin power unit is the first Superquadro mill to have obtained Euro 4 type-approval.
2. The 959 Panigale will available in traditional Ducati red with black wheels or “Arctic White Silk” with contrasting red wheels.
4. Ducati says that with 117kW at 10 500 rpm, and a torque of 107.4Nm from 9000 rpm, the 959 motor ensures user-friendlier, smooth delivery.
5. A first for a mid-size Superquadro engine, the clutch assembly features a progressive self-servo mechanism
6. Valve  clearance  inspections  are  only  required  every  24 000km and general services every 12,000 km or 12 months.  
7. The electronics package available on the 959 Panigale includes ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW).
8. The 959 has three available Riding Modes: Race, Sport and Wet.
9. The  bike is equipped with 43mm Showa BPF forks, fully  adjustable in spring  pre-load  and compression and rebound damping.

10. The 959 Panigale is immediately available. The red one costs R183 000 and the white one R185 000.

...and this is the 2016 @Ducati #Panigale 959.

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Eight fascinating facts about the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak

1. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the "The Race to the Clouds", is held in an area of the Rocky Mountains, climbing almost 2 000 m within 20 km. Ducati has won it four times.

2. The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is available in dedicated white red and black livery with Ducati red chassis, while the 3-spoke black wheels have a racing-inspired red trim.

3. The  Multistrada  1200  Pikes  Peak  is  powered  by  the  Ducati Testastretta  DVT  (Desmodromic  Variable Timing) -twin engine.

4. A carbon Ducati  Performance silencer by Termignoni and a low racing-type carbon screen are available as options.

5. Öhlins fork and Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber, both mechanically adjustable, underscore the sporting char-acter of the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak.

6. The Bike is equipped with Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights (DCL), LED headlight, Wheelie Control (DWC), Traction Control (DTC) and Cruise Control.

7. Also standard features is a Bluetooth module which lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and man-age key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via the switchgears and display infor-mation on the TFT dashboard.

8. The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peaks sells for R274 900 and is available immediately.

1st glimpse of the new @Ducati #Multistrada Pikes Peak.

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